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DOE Releases Utility Cyber Preparedness Guidance

The Energy Department has published its cybersecurity guidance for utilities to evaluate their preparedness levels, Fierce Government IT reports. The Electricity Subsector Cybersecurity Capability Maturity Model, published May 31, covered 10 cyber domains, including risk management, identity and access management, situational awareness and program management. White House Cybersecurity Coordinator Howard …

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White House Cyber Head Howard Schmidt Retiring

White House Cybersecurity Coordinator Howard Schmidt is set to retire at the end of May after a two and a half year stint, the Washington Post reports. Schmidt told the Post he plans to retire in order to spend more time with his family and to pursue opportunities to teach …

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Howard Schmidt: Energy Companies Need Continuous Monitoring Practices

Utility companies managing the nation’s critical infrastructure should regularly check for security gaps within their delivery systems, according to the White House’s cybersecurity head. White House Cybersecurity Coordinator Howard Schmidt told attendees of the McAfee public sector conference Wednesday that energy sector must perform active risk management, continuous monitoring and …

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White House Cyber Lead Outlines Cross-Agency Priorities

Federal departments and agencies need to focus on three main areas of cybersecurity, the White House’s cyber coordinator said Friday. Howard Schmidt wrote on the White House blog that agencies should achieve 95 percent utilization of the administration’s priorities regarding federal information systems. Schmidt’s office, the Office of Management and …

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White House Releases Cybersecurity Plan

The White House has recently released its cybersecurity plan, “The Trustworthy Cyberspace: Strategic Plan for the Federal Cybersecurity Research and Development Program.” Authors of the plan say the program promotes three main principles. Those principles include research aimed at cybersecurity deficiencies and focused on root causes of vulnerabilities, having the …

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Michigan Kicks Off Cyber Security Awareness Month

The eighth annual National Cyber Security Awareness Month was kicked off Oct. 7 at the Michigan Cyber Summit when the state hosted both Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano and White House Cybersecurity Coordinator Howard Schmidt. Michigan Governor Rick Snyder hosted the event and announced a “Cyber Initiative” in which …

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Schmidt: No Cyber ‘Leadership Vacuum’

Howard Schmidt, White House cybersecurity coordinator, said in a recent interview there is no leadership vacuum in federal cybersecurity efforts. And for proof, look no further than his office. “When you look at the composition of our office — and the president established it — there were a number of …

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